2022 CPD Summer Institute: Online and In-Person

Public Diplomacy Professional Education

We are pleased to announce the 2022 CPD Summer Institutes. This year, we will offer two options, online and in-person, for global public diplomacy practitioners and scholars. Now in its 16th year, CPD Summer Institute equips public diplomacy practitioners and scholars to participate in a forward-looking, hands-on learning environment and to create a collaborative strategy toward a robust and impactful public diplomacy practice.

From June 20–July 1, 2022 we are pleased to host the online CPD Summer Institute. Over two weeks, participants will have a mix of live online modules and self-paced work and will participate in discussion groups and virtual networking to build their public diplomacy practice. All online modules will start at 7:00am and conclude at 10:30am PT. 

From July 10–22, 2022 we look forward to hosting participants in-person on the USC campus. The classes will take place Monday through Friday each week from 9:00am–5:00pm.

Both our online and in-person public diplomacy training options allow for practitioners and scholars alike to develop a robust toolkit for audience analysis as the basis of public diplomacy engagement; learn from a rich combination of social science research and practice; understand AI and data; interpret analytics; and explore next-generation content creation strategies and tactics for greater impact.


  • Learn and design strategies based on data, analysis and case studies;
  • Gain more experience sharing through our newly designed “Practice Insights;”
  • Explore the latest research and cutting-edge communication tools to address real-time public diplomacy challenges;
  • Develop and refine skills in a group of peers through working on real-time projects and exchanging experiences and best practices;
  • Access personalized consulting sessions with program faculty, in which participants will work one-on-one with faculty to identify opportunities for enhanced public diplomacy impact;
  • Be part of an international peer network of over 1,500 training alumni to build relationships for insights and feedback; and
  • Immediately apply lessons learned from our time-tested professional education within your post or organization.  



CPD Summer Institute in Public Diplomacy is geared toward mid-career professionals posted in ministries including foreign affairs; defense and homeland security; trade and economics agencies; non-governmental organizations; international organizations; communication consultancies; and private-sector companies. In addition to innovative instruction, the program provides a setting for mid-career professionals to exercise their evaluation and decision-making skills in a group of their peers and to contribute their own ideas and perspectives while building their professional networks.

Applications will be accepted starting March 14, 2022 through May 1, 2022.



  • Single participant (tuition only): $7,250 USD
  • Multiple participant (tuition only, 3+ from same organization): $6,050 USD
  • Non-Refundable Deposit (applied to tuition): $500 USD



  • Single participant (tuition only): $5,500 USD
  • Multiple participant (tuition only, 3+ from same organization): $4,675 USD
  • Non-Refundable Deposit (applied to tuition): $500 USD



CPD’s Assistant Director for Programming and Events Stacy Ingber is available to you at any stage of the admissions process. Contact Stacy at singber@usc.edu.


You may also be interested in related CPD training programs that are currently scheduled for virtual learning but shorter in duration. Learn about CPD Mini-Courses here.

To read more about CPD Summer Institute in Public Diplomacy and learn where some of our alumni are today, click here.

View our brochure for the Summer Institute (PDF).


Monday, June 20, 2022 - 9:00am to Friday, July 22, 2022 - 3:00pm
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